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SA corruption watchdog to examine Super SA

The South Australian Independent Commission Against Corruption will evaluate the operations Super SA in a bid to bolster its ability to fight fraud. October 29, 2021 South Australia’s corruption watchdog plans to scrutinise operations at the state’s largest superannuation scheme in a bid to bolster its ability to combat fraud. Super SA is the superannuation […]

Accused Darwin killer protecting ex-lover

Accused murderer Ben Hoffmann was “punishing” the people he believed were responsible for raping his former partner when he allegedly shot four people dead. October 28, 2021 n the days after a love-sick man allegedly murdered four people during a drug-fuelled rampage across Darwin he expressed no remorse and remained unsure if he’d killed his […]

Accused NT murderer had ‘mummy issues’

Accused murderer Ben Hoffmann was taken to hospital for psychiatric assessment after threatening his mother a decade before he allegedly shot dead four people. October 28, 2021 A love-sick man accused of murdering four people┬áduring a drug-fuelled rampage across Darwin in search of his ex-girlfriend’s lover had a history of strange behaviour, a court has […]

Man accused of four murders ‘heard voices’

Accused quadruple murderer Ben Hoffmann told a psychiatrist he heard voices after a drug-fuelled shooting rampage across Darwin, a court has heard. October 28, 2021 A man accused of murdering four people during a drug-fuelled rampage across Darwin claimed voices told him to harm himself, a court has been told. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann has pleaded […]

Man accused of four murders ‘not insane’

Accused quadruple murderer Ben Hoffmann wasn’t suffering psychosis during a drug-fuelled shooting rampage across Darwin, a psychiatrist has told a court. October 28, 2021 A man who allegedly murdered four people during a drug-fuelled rampage across Darwin before claiming he was temporarily insane wasn’t psychotic, a court has been told. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann has pleaded […]

Accused NT quadruple murderer ‘not psychotic’

Accused quadruple murderer Ben Hoffmann was unlikely to be suffering from psychosis during a drug-fuelled shooting rampage across Darwin, a court has been told. October 27, 2021 A lovesick man accused of murdering four people during a drug-fuelled rampage across Darwin before claiming he was temporarily insane wasn’t psychotic, a court has been told. Benjamin […]

Hoffmann high on drugs ‘but not psychotic’

Accused quadruple murderer Ben Hoffmann was unlikely to be suffering from psychosis during a drug-fuelled shooting rampage across Darwin, a court has been told. October 27, 2021 A lovesick man accused of murdering four people during a drug-fuelled rampage across Darwin in search of his ex-girlfriend’s lover was unlikely to be experiencing psychosis, a court […]

Bondi gamer’s app helps world’s neediest

A former teen video game tragic from Sydney is using his skills to help aid agencies better target humanitarian efforts to help the most vulnerable people. October 23, 2021 A former video gamer turned software developer from Bondi has created a program that helps aid agencies and governments target humanitarian efforts to help the world’s […]

Ex-Labor minister Obeid returned to prison

Former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid is in prison following a failed bail application after he was sentenced over a rigged coal exploration tender. October 23, 2021 Former NSW Labor minister Eddie Obeid is back behind bars after a COVID-inspired bid for bail ahead of a likely appeal against his conviction was rejected. The 77-year-old […]

NT plan to lift falling school attendance

The new Northern Territory education strategy will see teachers work with families to teach Aboriginal children a curriculum that reflects their culture. October 19, 2021 The Northern Territory will change the way it educates students in a bid to reverse plummeting attendance rates and get kids back in the classroom. The NT Education Engagement Strategy […]

Accused NT murder’s shame over dead mate

Accused murderer Ben Hoffmann sat with his head in his hands as a forensics expert detailed the injuries suffered by his third alleged victim, who was a mate. October 18, 2021 As a forensic pathologist detailed the gruesome shotgun injuries suffered by a man found dead in a Darwin car park, the man accused of […]

NT vaccinations surge after fines threat

More than 1500 workers have booked to get the jab after the Northern Territory announced a tough new COVID-19 vaccination law applying to most workers. October 18, 2021 The Northern Territory’s tough new COVID-19 vaccination law requiring most workers to get the jab or face a hefty fine has prompted a surge in first-dose bookings. […]

NT quadruple murder trial set to resume

The trial of a man accused of murdering four people during a rampage through in Darwin in 2019 is expected to resume after a three-day delay. October 17, 2021 The trial of a love-sick man accused of murdering four people during a shooting spree across Darwin is set to resume after a three-day delay. Benjamin […]

NT easing COVID rules despite no modelling

The Northern Territory is pushing ahead with a plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions without the Doherty Institute modelling it said it needed to make a decision. October 15, 2021 The Northern Territory government will push ahead with its plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions without consulting the Doherty Institute modelling it previously said was needed to […]

Concern over NT’s vax mandate for workers

Less than a day after it was released, concerns have been raised over the Northern Territory’s new law requiring most workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. October 14, 2021 Concerns have been raised about the Northern Territory’s new law requiring tens of thousands of workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Christmas. The new health directive […]

NASA team helps build Top End spaceport

NASA has been helping build the Arnhem Space Centre in the Northern Territory ahead of the space agency’s first lift-off from a commercial site outside the USA. October 14, 2021 NASA has been lending a hand to build an outback launch pad in the Northern Territory, ahead of the space agency’s first lift-off from a […]

Vax rollout concerns for remote parts of NT

The Northern Territory Chief Minister says the vaccine rollout has been “mugged” by misinformation as the Chief Health Officer warns of a worst-case outbreak. October 13, 2021 Shipping containers and meatworks could be used as mass mortuaries in a worst-case scenario COVID-19 outbreak in the Northern Territory,┬áChief Health Officer Hugh Heggie says. The warning comes […]

NT delays stage three of national plan

The Northern Territory has delayed implementing stage three of the national plan to ease border and travel restrictions as the COVID vaccination rollout lags. October 13, 2021 The Northern Territory has delayed joining the national plan to ease border and travel restrictions as the COVID-19 vaccination rollout lags in remote areas. The territory had hoped […]

Vax rollout ‘mugged’ in remote parts of NT

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been “mugged” by misinformation in some remote Indigenous communities, Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner says. October 13, 2021 The COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been “mugged” by misinformation in some remote Northern Territory Aboriginal communities, Chief Minister Michael Gunner says. Poor vaccination uptake data where the commonwealth is managing the […]

Unvaccinated NT workers face $5000 fines

Most Northern Territory workers will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Christmas Eve or face $5000 fines and being blocked from their workplaces. October 13, 2021 Tens of thousands of Northern Territory workers could be fined or blocked from their workplaces unless they get vaccinated against COVID-19. The new health directive makes it […]

Vax rates below 10pc in some parts of NT

Dozens of remote Northern Territory communities could have COVID-19 vaccination rates below 80 per cent when travel and border restrictions ease October 13, 2021 Dozens of remote Aboriginal communities are likely to have COVID-19 vaccination rates below the benchmarked 80 per cent when the Northern Territory becomes part of a national plan to ease border […]

NT gunman’s victim tried to save himself

The first man Ben Hoffman allegedly murdered tried to defend himself with a frypan, a forensic expert has told the Supreme Court in Darwin. October 12, 2021 The first man killed when a love-sick gunman rampaged across Darwin tried to defend himself with a frypan, a forensic expert has told a court. Benjamin Glenn Hoffmann, […]

NT set to miss 80 per cent vax target

The Northern Territory’s plan to have 80 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early November will be delayed. October 11, 2021 The Northern Territory will miss its target to have 80 per cent of its eligible population fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by early November. Chief Minister Michael Gunner released the […]

Accused NT murderer verbally abused

The nephew of one of the men Ben Hoffmann allegedly murdered during an armed rampage across Darwin in 2019 has abused him in the courtroom. October 11, 2021 A witness at Ben Hoffmann’s trial for murdering four people during a shooting spree across Darwin has verbally abused him in front of the jury. The 47-year-old […]

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